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Can I install more apps if I get more internal memory/storage?

Most modern top-level Android devices, e.g., Samsung S4, has: 2GB internal RAM 16/32/64GB internal memory/storage up to 64GB exernal/removable memory/storage Does the amount of internal ...
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Protect music player from being killed?

I am using an SGS+ with 512 MB RAM (which leaves about 380M for the OS) running the CyanogenMod 10.1 Beta build 2013-04-15 (Android 4.2.2 on Linux 3.0.73-rc1-PhenomKernel-V3) and as soon as firefox ...
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Huawei G300 not fast enough for Google Racer

So on my Nexus 7 (currently clocked at 1300mb RAM) Google Racer works fine. However, when I use it on my Huawei Ascend G300 (only clocked at ~30mb less RAM) it says it is too slow. This doesn't ...
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Can I make Google Play not run a background process (on CM10)?

There is always a background process for Google Play Market in the CyanogenMod 10 system (Android 4.1.x). I don't like this. Since my device (Samsung Galaxy S) doesn't have much memory, I'd like to ...
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How to find PHYS_OFFSET value for mkbootimg

As i was following instructions here. I found a problem that my /proc/config.gz does not contain CONFIG_PHYS_OFFSET setting. But my /proc/iomem contains 40000000-5bffffff : System RAM. What value i ...
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Why are android devices equipped with only (relatively) little RAM?

Currently, I can only find devices (phone, tablets or sticks) that are equipped with a maximum of 2GB RAM. While this might be sufficient for current applications, I do wonder why there are no ...
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Bypass memory manager; keep app alive

At my work we all have Android devices which are used to dispatch jobs to us. It uses a web-app accessible through any web browser. When a new job arrives we are notified with an audible alert. ...
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Android system RAM usage

I've been trying to figure out how Android/CyanogenMod manages RAM internally, and what exactly I can trim down. I'm running CyanogenMod 10.1-M2 right now, but the memory usage has stayed fairly ...
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Android 4.1.1 consumes too much memory

My HTC One S has been upgraded to 4.1.1 and I noticed that it started consuming too much memory. When I had 4.0, average memory consumption was about 300-450 MB. But now it is on the level of 700-850 ...
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Battery usage for keeping apps open

How much of an effect does it have on the phones battery life to keep applications such as the contacts application open. I ask because that app sometimes takes long to open the first time depending ...
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Can't run Doggcatcher and Endomondo simultaneously

I'd like to listen to music with Doggcatcher and record the routes with Endomondo while bicycling. The problem is, when I start Endomondo, after a couple of minutes Android kills Doggcatcher. When I ...
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How can I determine how much total RAM my device actually has?

I bought a SIM locked ZTE v790 in Egypt. It tells me that it has 181MB of RAM, but it supposed to be 512MB. Is there a way to check how much RAM my device physically has before deciding to get it ...
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Is there an internal memory test for Android devices?

I need to fix a friend's phone this evening that has suddenly produced loads of android.process.media and com.google.process.gapps errors. I am going to reinstall the OS as it's an older ROM but it ...
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Jelly Bean resource Usage

I have a phone with 512MB of ram. The company has launched the Jelly Bean update for the phone. Currently my phone is running Android ICS 4.0.4 which has alot of lag and frameloss issues, So I am ...
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How to keep a service from closing?

I am using the latest stock ROM for my phone (SGS3, Vodafone variant, although rooted) and I have installed a GPS live tracking program that stays on the taskbar as a service all the time (and that's ...
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Creating Swap memory without rooting

I want to set up swap memory for my android phone. How to set up swap memory without rooting the device? Is there an app for doing so?
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LG Optimus Logic- How to move apps such as facebook to internal memory or SD card [duplicate]

Quick background to the problem experienced: My phone has 3 types of memory: "phone memory" (less than 200 MB), "internal memory"(1 GB), and an SD card (4GB). When I first download any app, it goes ...
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How can I allocate more than 1024 MB of RAM to an Android Virtual Device?

I want to work with 1024MB or higher RAM sizes but when I try to start my Virtual Device it is giving the error: Failed to allocate memory: 8 I researched many thing about this issue; Some ...
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Lost RAM after using phone for a day or two

I have a Sony Ericsson Live with walkman phone (model WT19i), running on Gingerbread. When I restart my phone, it shows about 220MB RAM as free and 80-300MB RAM being used. After using it for - say ...
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Rooting Micromax A87 to make it faster

What is the best way to root my Micromax A87? My phone RAM shows only 160MB, but I only access about 120MB. I want my phone to run faster. Or is there any common method for rooting my phone. ...
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Choosing apps to load and remove from memory when using Android

I'm not a programmer. And as far as I know, Android uses as much RAM as possible, loading as many apps as possible, so that launching / opening (or returning to them) is smoother. My question is: Is ...
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LG Lucid doesn't recognize SD card as extra memory when dealing with photos [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I deal with “Low on Space” messages on my HTC Incredible? I have an LG Lucid, and recently (more or less) learned how to put files (music, etc.) on it from my ...
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Why do I have so little unused RAM? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are there guidelines on how much free RAM a phone should have - specifically Samsung Galaxy S? 0 ram free on ICS My device (ASUS TF201, unrooted, stock Firmware) is ...
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What is meant by System Memory in android? [duplicate]

I have an LG -E405 phone running Android 2.3.6. As can be seen here, the phone has 1GB internal memory and 384Mb RAM. When I look at default App manager, this is what I get, RAM - 231Mb System ...
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0 ram free on ICS

I'm new to the ICS os, coming from Gingerbread from another phone. The phone's quite nice and fast when I first used it, but just this morning it started exhibiting weird actions. Camera360 doesn't ...
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LG L3 : difference between system memory and internal memory [duplicate]

I'm using LG L3 E405, and when I see memory usage in App Manager. I see there three sections: First is system memory (just about 200M), second is internal memory (1 GB) and last is my sd card (8GB). ...
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Saving battery life: pressing home button or back button

My friend said when using an app, pressing the home button saves battery life instead of pressing the back button. He thought by pressing the home button, the app stays in RAM so that when you reopen ...
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Message Memory Full, Incoming message rejected

I got this message on my phone: Message Memory full Incoming message rejected I have deleted a lot of messages, and I have also run the memory cleaners I have on my phone. What should I ...
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Why is there such a difference in thr amount RAM used? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: The RAM total of the apps “Running” never equals the “Used Ram” shown below on the scale I'm owning a Nexus 7 running on 4.2.1. This is a screenshot of the amount of RAM ...
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Android clearing recent applications list

After exiting the applications on my Galaxy nexus, they appear on the recent applications list. Do they still use CPU/battery? Do I have to remove them from recent applications list in order to save ...
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Is there a way to extend the MK802 III's memory? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can you upgrade the RAM of an Android device? In using the MK802III I find that at times it is struggling, the more browser pages I open, and sometimes it just reboots ...
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Android ROM, RAM, Internal storage, External storage and Battery utilization [closed]

I would like to know how the Android OS manages memory for Applications. When are the various memory hardware components like ROM, RAM, Internal storage and External storage used during an ...
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why there are so many tty files in the dev directory?

it is confusing that there are so many tty files in the directory... by the way, what each file in /dev stands for, do they stand for physical devices which are part of my android device? for ...
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The RAM total of the apps “Running” never equals the “Used Ram” shown below on the scale

I realised after a few days of observation, that the total of the RAM usage of indivisual apps shown in the running process is quite lower than that shown below it on the scale And as "Cached ...
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Why is Google Maps always running in the background?

I'm running on JB. The Google Maps application always seems to have 2 instances running in the background inspite of turning the GPS off. Is there a clean solution to prevent it from ever running in ...
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What apps does “Clear memory” actually clears?

What apps does actually get closed when one goes for the option of "Clear Memory" in the Task Manager? It obviously doesn't closes all the apps, as this screenshot shows: As the screenshot clearly ...
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Applications Start automatically , Start again if I Force Stop them or even if I Disable them

Many applications like skype , orkut, yahoo msger etc start automatically... i have already disabled and force stooped them .... I don't want to run these app and others like WiFi sleep etc to save my ...
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is there a way to know what CPU, GPU, RAM my phone / tablet has? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to get hardware specs of Android device? I have a generic "cheap" tablet, running ICS; but I'd like to know what GPU does it have. The box says it has an Allwiner ...
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Keeping an app in memory

I once read about an init.d tweak to keep an app in memory. I'm unable to find that tweak now. Does anyone have the link? An alternate method would also be welcome. Edit : I'm using cyanogenmod 10.
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How to log and visualize resource usage stats (to identify resource hogs)?

I want to be able to collect up to, say, a couple of day's worth of resource usage statics for my android, at the resolution of individual apps, and ordered according to their shares of the resource. ...
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v6 Supercharger with Multitask Manager and Tag Home Launchers

I would like to make both launchers Hard To Kill. Tag Home takes way too long to load from cold start because it has to load ~200 app tags from a database into memory. However, it only occupies 8MB ...
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How can I use my internal storage as extra RAM?

So I asked this question on this site and got this answer. Now that I'm rooted, I'm ready to take this route. I've tried looking for ways but almost all the results that came up were unrelated. So ...
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Is there a way to force an app to remain running in the background no matter what?

On Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) the OS categorizes your app and each category has its own threshold in which the OS uses for determining which app to close first when it runs out of memory. Has anyone of ...
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Is there a way to perform a memdump of an android device?

Is there a way to perform a memdump of an android device? I need the content of the entire memory (RAM). Maybe there is a shell command (meminfo will not do because it displays only memory ...
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Is it possible to use my SD card as ROM and my internal ROM as an additional RAM?

I've read somewhere that I can do some certain things to partition my SD Card specially to allot some part or all of it to trick the phone into thinking it's the "internal" ROM. For the life of me, I ...
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How to active the RAM memory which is differents with 512 MB when buying [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is my device not utilizing all of its available RAM? I have new problem with my Novo 7 Basic, Android 3.2, 8GB, 512 MB** RAM: When I go into Tools -> System ...
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How to lower OOM value of an app permanently?

I am not challenging Android's memory management technique (like killers do). I just want to give an app higher priority even when it's not in foreground or visible (with notification). AutoKiller ...
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Installing RAM Into Your Android Powered Tablet? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can you upgrade the RAM of an Android device? I recently purchased the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. I am aware that it only has 1GB of Ram. I am running the Android Ice ...
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Can you upgrade the RAM of an Android device?

I'm sure many people like me are aware and annoyed by the extremely limited amount of RAM in Nexus S (512MB but only 300+ is usable), I have searched all over google for a solution to increase the ...
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Is there a way to white-list an app (web browser) so Froyo 2.2 memory manager does NOT kill it?

One of my biggest pet peeves with Android (due to heavy use of my Droid X for reading web pages) is the fact that it can kill ANY application it wishes when doing its automated memory management. ...